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jetting off to an eight-day vacation on martha's vineyard president obama took volley of questions from a white house press corps feeling neglected the past several months. the topics varied but the president had a message to get out about government surveillance. here a chief white house correspondent ed hen prip. >> afternoon, everybody. these have a seat. >> reporter: president obama used his first full-scale news conference in over three months to try and get out in front of the nsa surveillance controversy he was on his heels over a range of national security issues from his prickly relationship with russia to terror threats from al qaeda and why he still hasn't brought the benghazi killers to justice. >> i also said we'd get bin laden and didn't get him in 11 months. so we have informed, i think, the public there's a sealed indictment. >> reporter: the president was referring to the fact that u.s. officials earlier this week revealed the justice department filed its first criminal charges against an unknown number of people believed to be involved in benghazi, which the president
president sali was overthrown with the support of the obama administration and saudi arabia, he wasn't removed and a stable new government put in place. yemen is a very fractured country. you have a tribe in the north, shia enclave in effect in a largely sunni area. you have the factions that existed at the time the president was overthrown. they're still competing with one another. and you have al qaeda. as you just noted, they still maintain a capacity to strike, at least against yemeni targets. probably are still growing in strength within the country. you have yemen following the path of somalia, following what looks to be the path of libya, what may be the path of syria, of nation states in the middle east and north africa simply coming apart. having national governments in name only. governments whose writ does not run beyond their capital city. that's a very bad piece of news, very bad development for the united states. because it means the terrorists, whether al qaeda or others, can shelter in these states of near anarchy. >> you just said that al qaeda there is growing. but
baier is on deck, "special report." >>> as al qaeda attempts to come back, president obama attempts another reset. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. so al qaeda isn't on its last legs after all. president obama is tweaking his message after being forced to shut down almost two dozen diplomatic outposts because of new terror threats. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon with the surprising story of what led to the bulking up of al qaeda in yemen. we begin with ed henry and the president's al qaeda makeover. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. the president used to say al qaeda was on the run, now he's just saying they're on their heels. addressing troops at camp pendleton, he said something he normally shies away from. >> we have been at war with al qaeda. >> reporter: on a late night comedy show, the president stressed to the troops he's all over it. >> even as we designate the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like minded extremists still threaten our home land. >> reporter: earlier, the president used the soft
president obama, had been right the first time. the threat is alive and well, which sensible people knew all along. the scary parts aren't really the threats, but that officials say our response to the threat is a lesson learned from benghazi. the lesson is close up shop because we can't protect you. that's no lesson. either you bolster security or get the hell out of the hell holes, but you don't close up shop because sooner or later the sign in the door will go from closed to open and evil will return and it won't be there asking for directions. so kimberly, feeling delightful in green, they're closed until next saturday. at some point they have to reopen. then what do you do? >> people feel insecure about the ability of the united states to protect them, as you say, close up shop, close for business until we can figure something out or the chatter stops. that's when you're at the most vulnerable, as soon as you open back up again, that's when you're going to get hit. there's been a little activity in terms of predator strikes but no major casualties from that of any of the known leaders.
up next. he will get on that breaking news out of the house of commons. >>> the obama administration lays out its case for taking the country to another middle east conflict. this is "special report." good evening. i'm chris wallace. top administration officials are briefing congressional leaders this evening on their case for launching an attack against syria. secretary of state kerry, defense secretary hagel, national security adviser susan rice and james clapper are all laying out evidence the assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack last week that killed hundreds of civilians. we have fox team coverage. james rosen of the state department reports on a surprise defeat in britain. we begin with what the administration is doing right now. >> reporter: we finally reached the pivotal moment where the obama administration is revealing its intelligence. to prove the syrian government is behind the attack. they are doing that as they make their case to congress even though they are not promising votes in congress. syrian president bashar al assad remained defiant denying his
president obama was right the first time. but the scary part report really the threats, but that officials say our response to the threats is a lesson learned from benghazi. the lesson is close up shop because we can't protect you. that's no lesson. either you bolster security or you get the hell out of the hell holes, but you don't close up shop. sooner or later the sign in the door will go from closed to open and evil will return. it won't be there asking for directions. so, kimberly, you look delightful in green. they will be closed until next saturday. at some point they have to reopen. what do you do? >> people feel insecure about the united states being able to protect them and they close up shop. they try to figure something out or the chatter stops. that's when you will be at your most vulnerable. as soon as we open back up, that's when we will get hit. there has been a little activity in terms of predator strikes, but no major casualties from that of any of the known leaders. hopefully we have developed some of the target lists and getting more information and some people need to
. >> we start this hour with a fox news alert. less than two hours away from president obama's first formal solo news conference since april, a look for you in the white house. reporters expected to pepper him with questions about his decision not to meet with russian president vladimar putin and the administration's continued use of the controversial talking point. i am jamie colby. >> and i am greg jarret. >> they are focusing on law makers wasting time and attention on phony scandal instead of the people's work. >> to often over the past two years, washington took its eye off of the ball. they have allowed political postural and phony scandal to distract from our economy and growing middle-class. >> fox news poll find that people do not agree with the president. the interest in the benghazi terrorist attack is anything but phony and not phony to voters, nsa snooping on americans. and the justice department seizing telephone records and irs targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. host of power play on fox news live. chris, you have written your insightful and provocative
the white house is helping congress weasel out of obama care. the president says it is time for the government to get out of the mortgage business. six years after the housing bubble burst, is it a step in the right direction? >>> welcome to "the journal editorial report." 19 u.s. embassies and consulates were shuttered this week. senior al qaeda operatives were intercept. indicating the plans for a major attack were under way and calling it into question the obama administration's narrative the terror group is on the run. "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor brett stephens and editorial board member matt kaminski join me with more. just to add this list on friday, the u.s. closed the consulate in lahore, pakistan, which i have been to and which is the safest parts supposedly the safest part of pakistan. are we watching the comeback of al qaeda as a global threat? >> we have been watching it for months. it is just that only now we noticed. i think with this last week has shown one, that's the al qaeda core, the -- central pakistan, he is in charge and is active.
president obama has repeatedly denounced leaks, there was an extraordinary breach leaked today, putting the administration in a flattering light. u.s. officials told "the new york times" the white house decided to close the embassies after intercepting electronic communications between top al qaeda leaders. one u.s. official boasting this was significant, it was the big guys talking and talking about very specific timing for an attack or attacks. the leak about intercepting electronic communications is a bit of unfortunate timing for the administration, just as it has been taking heat over whether the nsa surveillance programs go too far, although the new information showing such close coordination between al qaeda's core leadership in pakistan and top affiliate in the arabian peninsula raises new questions about whether the terror group is really on the run. >> we have brought continually pressure to bear on both al qaeda core and al qaeda's affiliates, and we have for a number of years made clear our intention in terms of the threat presented by al qaeda has shifted in focus to some o
between now and the end of august. president obama was briefed this morning on the latest threats. the president turns 52 tomorrow, and that's the same day that the state department closed 22 embassies and consulates from western africa to the middle east to bangladesh. the new york times reporting today the u.s. picked up increased chatter between senior al qaeda operatives about a potential attack, and the state department put out a global travel alert, warning all americans traveling abroad, especially northern africa and the middle east, and it says current information that al qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist terrorists attacks both in the u.s. and abroad. >> because it's so broad, i believe the intelligence is creditable and the threat is credible, but maybe not so specific. because it's so wide, it's all centered around the arabian peninsula, which is where they think the biggest problem will be right now. >> the intelligence committee said the threat stream leading to the closings and travel alert is quote, a sober reminder of al qaeda's determi
on "fox news sunday" the senator blaming president obama's foreign policy. >> the only american policy that i can think of that president obama is practicing is that, one, he's not bush. second, that the united states is withdrawing. we are withdrawing. and when you do that and when you say that, then things get a lot worse than they are. >> live with the news tonight in washington, steve, the embassy in yemen remains closed. why is that significant? >> well, we don't know if there's an actual threat there or what kind of a threat. we do know yemen's a stronghold of the al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. president obama says that branch of al qaeda continues to pose a serious threat to americans. but the president's critics say he's been understating the overall terrorist threat. >> you can't say on the one hand you have destroyed, quote, core al qaeda. by the way, that is semantic gymnastics which is remarkable. you can't say that and at the same time have to close embassies and consulates all over the middle east. look, al qaeda's on the rise. they have been on the rise. they have co
the obama administration with doing the right thing here? >> we don't know what fully happens. there was a meeting of 20 senior al-qaeda leaders by some sort of chat last week. but what they were responding to or provoke on. >> paul: we give them the benefit of the doubt? >> that is the role of the president in times of war. >> the president spent all year doing victory laps around al-qaeda, he said poor al-qaeda was on the way to defeat. we could resend the authorization for the use of military force. that we could treat al-qaeda as essentially as a nuisance threat. very quickly in the ten weeks since he gave that speech calling for an end on the war on terror, al-qaeda continues to have the ability to act globally. >> paul: there is a disconnected that seems to be going on in the world where we have the alarms and drones in yemen and then at home, we're debating whether we want to have surveillance anymore. >> it's on both sides. president obama has not fully defended his own policies. >> paul: how do you explain the disconnect? >> people are tired of this war. it's been 12
or not to defund obama care even if it means shutting down significant portions of the government, good or bad idea? >> in general it is a good idea. our party is united as far as getting rid of obama care. more americans are losing health care and costs are going up and the problems continue with the implementation of obama care. what we have a ro best difference is the tactic of how to make that happen. some believe we can defund it in the continuing resolution process and some people believe you can't do that because of the mandatory spending. if we can get resolutions that it can be done, most republicans agree to defund. it but there is a healthy debate on what is the most effective way to do. it everyone wants to get to the same place, it is just how to get there. >> the te party people drew a line in the sand and said if they don't vote to defund or tied to the debt ceiling or budget itself then they are rhinos; is that fair? >> you will see it in the grassroots movement. generally they want to see a republican stand on it. if they are not going to stand to defund it when the time coming to
. the obama administration had ordered those closures a week ago after intelligence officials intercepted conversations suggesting possible terror attacks on the facilities and other u.s. interests. yemen, which is highlighted in red here, still remains closed. steve centanni with the very latest live from washington. this is really serious news this week, steve. what's the status? >> reporter: yeah. that's right, jamie. you know that embassy in yes, ma'ayemenis closed because it le heart of the latest terrorist threat. as if to prove the point, terrorists were able to blow up a natural gas facility and kill four soldiers in a port city today about 2 hun miles south of the capital where you see the u.s. embassy here remains closed. now, here at home, lawmakers say the president's understating the danger from al-qaeda after the latest threat forced 22 embassies and consulates to close last week. >> the action of closing these embassies shows they're able to mount threats everywhere in the middle east against the united states of america, and they are playing in ways that can -- that are go
whether or not to defund obama care, even if it means shutting down significant portions of the government. good idea, bad idea? >> i think in general it's a good idea. our party is united as far as getting rid of obama care. we recognize the fact that more americans are losing their health care, costs are going up. the problems continue with the imation of obama. what i think we have a robust difference on is the tactic on how to make that happen. some people believe that we can defund it through the continuing resolution process. some people believe that you're not able to do that because of the way the funding is structured in terms of mandatory spending. i think if we can get resolution that it can be done i think most republicans agree that we should defund it. but there's a healthy debate as to what is the most effective way to do it. and that's where the breakdown occurs. everyone wants to get to the same place. it's just how to get there. >> dana, a lot of the tea party people have sort of drawn a line in the sand and said if they don't vote to defund and even tie it to whether it'
ten years ago without great britain, without a resolution. obama is doing exactly what he ran for president against when he pledge never to do. it is like animal farm, repainting slogans on the farm and pretending they were always that way. >>anna: we're starting to see arguments on both side. charles krauthammer saying is it something to do with the president's ego saying don't cross the red line and once crossed not doing anything about it. and jack keane saying something should have been done earlier. >> no purpose whatsoever unless it is to assuage the guilty conscience of a president or vindicate the vanity of a president who has become the laughingstock around the world and whose word means nothing because last year he spoke about a red line and allowed all the red lines to be crossed without lifting a finger. maybe he feels compelled as a way to vindicate himself. you don't take a country into war as a way to vindicate your own standing. you do it to achieve strategic objectives on behalf of your country. if they're going to do a three-day strike with no intention of al
the plans for al-zawahri the leader of al qaeda. president obama will hold the a press conference before he goes on vacation. >>> another fox news alert. the man a suspected of abducting a teenager and killing her mother and 8-year-old brother may be armed with homemade explosives. authorities warning the public james dimaggio blue nissan versa vehicle may be booby trapped. it was uncovered in the ashes of the burned home. that is where they found the body of tina anderson around a child. she was killed by blunt force trauma being hit by a crowbar. the search expanding to four states including mexico and canada. we will keep you posted. >>> this morning there's a new twist in alex hernandez case. his cousin is behind bars for not testifying before a grand jury. she has been in jail since august 1st. she bought a get away bus ticket for another defendant in the murder. police ceased her cell phone and credit card records. >> new overnight two-thirds of the winning power baltic ets have now been claimed. a group of 16 maintenance workers from the state of new jersey and minnesota will share t
is overreacting to al qaeda. bill: you as an american have to deal with obama-care, so shouldn't they. this outrage after lawmakers on the hill get a pass on obama-care. martha: look at this sinkhole. it swallowed an entire resort hotel near disney world. >> she knew something was wrong. she said jump in the car. we jumped in the car and went to the security gate, and we thought something was going on. the building is collapsing. [ male announcer ] come to the lexus golden opportunity sales event and choose from one of five lexus hybrids that's right for you, including the lexus es and ct hybrids. ♪ this is the pursuit of perfection. martha: police in virginia are investigating a massive pileup that happened over the weekend. 40 vehicles, six tractor-trailers. no word so far on how out got started. bill: it's beginning to look a lot like 2015. we are 9 months since the last presidential election. tom cruz speaking over the weekend. and several oper high-profile republicans visiting iowa. and they are mandatory for presidential hopefuls. but we are 3 1/2 years away. karl rove, the fo
alert. we are just getting word that american war ships are on the move as the obama administration comes under increasing pressure for military intervention for syria i am shannon in for megyn kelliy. secretary of state kelly will be making a statement at 2 o'clock p.m. eastern and the white house briefing will be pushed back to cover the news on syria united nation's inspectors were shot at going to the site of the last week's chemical attack. the inspectors were trying to do the work walking through the town and speaking with survivors and taking samples from victims. there are many. these photos tell the story. the bodies of dozens of innocent children laid out and covered with she'ds. hundreds of people are believed to have died in the attack. men, women and children, an estimated 100,000 people have died since the start of the conflict. the obama administration has possessioned four destroyers off of the coast of syria. we are told that the ships are close enough to launch a missile strike. the pentagon is in watch and wait mode, making on the president to make a final determi
threat, 18 u.s. embassies reopening today in the middle east and africa. obama administration intercepted chatter suggests e suggesting a possible attack on u.s. interests in the region. however, the u.s. facility in yemen remains closed. steve is joining us live from washington with more. hi, steve. >> reporter: one of the few embassies is at the epicenter of the terrorist threat and the embassy in yemen still shut down after al-qaeda and arabian peninsula plotted terrorist attack. president obama says that branch continues to pose a serious threat to americans, but the president's critics says he has been under stating the overall terrorist threat. >> you can't say on the one hand you have destroyed, quote, core al-qaeda. that is semantic gym gymnastics and at the same time close embassies all over the middle east. al-qaeda is on the rise. they have been on the rise. they have continued to penetrate. >> reporter: embassy in tripoli is one of 18 that are now open. 20 were shut down last sunday in wake of intelligence reports. democrats defend the president's decision and caution al-qaeda
squad. plus, a policy shift at the white house. president obama and the spying scandal. >> please have a seat. >> president obama answering questions on a wide range of topics, on the nsa surveillance. >> america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. >> and some changes ahead. >> i will work with congress to pursue appropriate reforms. >> on our relationship with russia. >> i don't have a bad personal relationship with putin. >> on ed snowden himself. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> and on obama care. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> tonight, q&a at the white house. and we'll get to that. but first from fox this friday night, a teenage girl at the center of a kidnap case is alive and in good health. that's the word from somebody who reported seeing her with the suspected kidnapper. investigators have also now found his suspect's car. and they say there is no evidence that the suspect is holding her against her will. the girl's name is hannah anderson. she's 16. i
with obama care. >>> what happened to baseball? what drug scandals and some see as lax punishment is doing to america's pass time. all that and a story you might not believe. a california surfer who is living large thanks to food stamps funded by you. i'm shannon bream. america's news headquarters live starts from the nation's capitol right now. >>> we begin with the very latest on hannah anderson, the california teen who went missing last week after the bodies of her mother and brother were discovered in a burning home. hannah was found alive and reportedly physically unharmed with her alleged kidnapper in the idaho wilderness. will carr is in cascade, idaho with the very latest on the case. hi, will. >> reporter: hi, shannon. i want to set the scene for you. i'm about five or six miles away from where hannah was rescued yesterday. throughout this entire process, authorities have said that it was their top priority to make sure that hannah could return home safe and sound. now, yesterday she was flown to boise, a hospital in boise which is about 70 miles from where we are now. she was bei
the syrian government to a chemical weapons attack. president obama says the u.s. has concluded the syrian government was behind the chemical weapons attack reportedly killing hundreds of people, including small children. but intelligence officials tell the associated press there are still questions about who was in control of some of syria's chemical weapons president with a share assad attack. other officials who looked at the same intelligence disagree interest is a preponderance of evidence to indicate that the assad regime carried out chemical attacks in syria. >> harris: william cohen says the president should tell the american people about the evidence and the military is he planning on using. >> exactly what is it that we intend to do and the consequences likely to flow from that it's not that we can take a one off position and fire tomahawk missiles and take out a few sites. congress is rightly demanding some answers to the questions. >> the white house says it plans to give us all more answers when it releases a report on the attack. more on the u.s. losing a key ally in any mili
henry got this reaction from president obama's spokesman. >> martin here and in the rose garden why hasn't he spoken out on this in this case? there is a judicial propgd and there was one in the trayvon martin case he spoke out extensively on that one. >> i'm not sure that -- there is some reason in this room i don't think i would agree with you that the president spoke out extensively on it. >> bill: talking points believes there is a destructive culture in this country it is apparent if convicted the three boys are have no regard for human life. yet, he they had plenty regard for the social media for rap, for x box the mother of chance luna says the boy was playing that game shortly of about the murder occurred there will come a point in america when people will see this problem for what it is a cultural collapse among some very distinct groups. a violent subculture is in place fueled by derelict parents, a barbaric media and apathy on the part of many politicians. the incredible violence taking place in chicago neighborhoods as well as mindless murets across the country prove this poi
. trying to thread the needle, here is what president obama said? >> it's entirely consistent to say that this tightly organized and relatively centralized al qaeda that attacked us on 9/11 has been broken apart. and is very weak and does not have a lot of operational capacity. and to say we still have these oorge regional organizations like aqap, they can pose a threat. >> aqap of course is al qaeda in. during the last presidential campaign he saw political advantage in telling america that the terror threat had been mittgated and now that he is responsible for protecting the country he admits it has not. >> as though the americans care about the organizational structure of al qaeda, what they care about is whether al qaeda can still kill americans. >> who is ho is there cte? >> the hierarchy of the chain of command is not that interesting to average measures. they want to know if we are still threatened by them and it sounds like of course we are. >> here is some hard facts for you much the state department released some numbers a few weeks ago that showed that al qaeda and the ara
with you too obviously. good discussion. monica, joe. heather? heather: still to come president obama said a year ago, remember this, the use of chemical weapons would be a red line in syria but now that there are dramatic new claims that the syrian government is behind a deadly chemical attack, what is the president's best next move and is he willing to make it? >>> plus a manhunt is underway for two thugs who randomly beat to death an 88-year-old world war ii veteran in an empty parking lot. the disturbing details and who police are looking for up next. >> we can not have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling in the hands of the wrong people. we have been very clear to the assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. heather: that was president obama a year ago, speaking about the use of chemical weapons in syria and today there are growing calls for the president to act, after video reportedly out of syria is said to s
, this global terror alert is bringing president obama's past comments on the war on terror back into the spotlight. here's the president back in may. >> today the core of al-qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan is on the path to defeat. their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us. patti ann: but is al-qaeda actually on its way to defeat? this month, as peter reported, the terror group is suspected of orchestrating three major prison breaks freeing nearly 2,000 inmates in iraq, libya and pakistan. last month al-qaeda killed more than 500 people. earlier this year the tsarnaev brothers used instructions from al-qaeda to build the bombs used in april's boston bombings, and last year al-qaeda-connected militants took over an area larger than the state of texas inside northern africa. and it was september september , of course, at least three al-qaeda-linked groups participated in the killing of ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans in benghazi. bill: top republican senator lindsey graham saying that attack in li
the irs cooperated or not, we don't know because we can't get a true hearing on the issue. obama said that his presidency would be of transparency. so -- americans can know what the government is doing but there is no accountability or transparency. because the people who deal -- are accused of what they are doing, no one has been fired. >> you know the bottom line here, american people just say, you know, what's going on with the irs? there's already a distrust of the irs anyway because of the huge bureaucracy that actually taps into your financial stability or your financial accounts. no one likes to pay taxes. now we are still hearing a distrust among american taxpayers. how do you get beyond this? >> angela and i would agree on this. the way i move it forward is ask -- for every irs tax exempt that has been not allowed an application or anyone that was checked for further information to public. we can all look at the list, we can all see what they allowed and -- to go lou which is public actually because you can look it up, all those -- financial centers. >> now that you said this
and salty nut bars by nature valley. nature at its most delicious. jamie: welcome back. president obama's repeating what seems to be a white house talking point saying the core of al qaeda has been decimated. that's a claim often repeated recently by the president and other members of the administration. >> today the core of al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan is on the path to defeat. their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us. >> we point to the successes and the president pointed to the successes including the decimation of the core of al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan. jamie: john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. you know him well, a fox news contributor and great to have you here in studio, ambassador, thank you for coming in. do you share the opinion that not only has al qaeda not been decimated, but they have actually morphed and metastasized? >> they have taken some hits, there is no doubt about it since the original 9/11 but i can seewe can see from the terror alert we're experiencing right now th
on the fox news channel. president obama faces reporters before he heads out for a summer vacation, 10 days on martha's vineyard. this is his first solo news conference since the 30th of april. he held 16 briefings this year. half of those were held jointly with a foreign leader. 22 solo news conferences at the white house since 2009. this will be his 23rd. some of the topics he could face today, canceled meeting with vladmir putin. possibility of a government shut down in the fall. nsa, obamacare, irs, benghazi, all the quote phony scandals the white house talked about for the last two weeks. we want to know what would you ask the president? tweet me your questions @billhemmer. we'll read a couple on the air for the next two hours. fire away. lines are open right now. >> another emotional day expected in the fort hood shooting court-martial today after major nidal hasan was given permission to continue representing himself despite his standby attorneys claim that he is trying to secure his own death sentence the army psychiatrist admitted he opened fire at the texas army base in 2009, kill
he was working to scrap our present health insurance pay system. >> obama care is a step in the right direction, but we're far from having something that will work. >> so we'll work beyond the insurance eventually? >> absolutely, yes. >> did you hear that? so goodbye private insurers, hello government-run health care. but don't say i didn't warn you. i suspect when i was covering the debate on the hill that this was ultimately the goal any way, and even though that some democrats expressed disappointment, that we didn't end up getting a single payer system, it was like a trojan horse deal ultimately leading to that. but enough about me. back to my panelists who want to congratulate me. by the way, they were also in on this. they're smarty pants in their own right. fake a look. >> ultimately that's the game plan, a single payer system. that's going to be a disaster. >> with the public plan, what it's going to do is increase costs for people who still have private insurance. >> all right. charles and dagan, with adam, gary. charles, you were saying the signals were there and now we're g
obama's birthday. he's celebrating his 52nd years of living here on earth. so why -- now we take a moment to say happy birthday, mr. obama. look, it's been a tough summer for the president. approval numbers are low. the economy is sluggish. he continues to have a very tough time finding agreements with those republicans you just talked about on a plan to deal or at least get some sort of deal on federal spending and the national debt. what can he do? >> i think he can -- my expectation is that he'll stand pat and hope that the republicans overplay their hand. i think he is counting on any threat of a government shutdown being blamed more on the republicans than on him. you will see the republicans talk emphatically about any government shutdown would be the president's fault. you'll hear conservatives, heritage action, for example, heritage foundation is coming out hard with this notion that the government should shut down unless the president is willing to defund obama care. and that unless he agrees to that, any government shutdown would be the president's fault. the republican
'll take your questions. we want to know if you had the chance what would you ask president obama at his news conference today? tweet your questions to@happening now or eel mail us at happening now and we'll read some of your responses throughout the show. brand new stories and breaking us. >> indeed. new evidence potentially evidence on the deadly maris virus. what scientists know about the the illness. >>> day four of the trial of reputed gangster, "whitey" bulger. he is accused of playing a role in at least 19 murders. our legal panel will be here to discuss the case. >>> behind the scenes at the white house. a new film about the butter out next week. you have to say and watch this. you've got to. this will be great. jenna: we're speaking to the author of the book the movie is based on. it is all happening now. kelly: there is a new terror threat for americans in pakistan. i'm kelly wright in for jon scott. jenna: our consulate in the city of lahore is at least closed through sunday as a precaution. the state department is warning americans not to travel to pakistan at least for the t
mandate stirs broader worries about obama health law. and, just over a week later a "wall street journal" report highlighted how many restaurants are replacing full-timers over concerns of course about insurance. martha: another fox news alert this morning. president obama now addressing reports of a devastating chemical weapons attack inside syria. in a new interview that he did the president said the u.s. is still trying to confirm that toxic gases were used on innoncent civilians this week. >> there is no doubt that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large-scale and, again, we're still gathering information about this particular event but it is very troublesome, that starts getting to some core national interests that the united states has, both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases, in the region. martha: so earlier this year the u.s. confirmed that chemical weapons have been used in syria, something that the president had said would be a red line for him but so far the u.s.
obama is saying we're doing a shot across the bow. for them we're going home. three days we don't want an iraq war. it has none of the effect of a shot across the bow. it is simply a way to assuage the conscience of a president and a lot of people in the west without achieving anything. >> one more challenge. the syrian government requested u.n. inspector teams stay on the ground to investigate the scenario that rebel groups have been using chemical weapons. that could lead to yet another delay. back to you. >>gretchen: syria is the main topic of discussion today and whether or not the president is going to actually make a decision today or not. this is really a serious matter. i think it is interesting to watch how this unfolds with sort of this deliberating with the president. we've known him over the last five and a half years to take time to make decisions, but do you need to be a little bit more definitive when making such an important decision as this. could it have to do with what britain is doing? david cameron called parliament back so they could discuss it there and parliamen
this weekend supporting the obama administration's decision to handle the intelligence in the way that they have in terms of closing these embassies and consulates. >> given the climate in washington right now, that is most unusual. is there any feeling this is the government issuing a warning at a time when the nsa is under scrutiny for its broad-reaching surveillance programs? >> reporter: well, clearly the information came as a result of those nsa surveillance programs. the doubters may think so but even congressman pete king, republican from new york, former head of homeland security and the administration's most vocal critic says no. >> we can't criticize them for doing too little with benghazi and not criticize them for doing too much. i give them credit for learning from benghazi and that's why they're firming up the embassies. as far as the worldwide alert i think it is absolutely warranted in this situation. >> reporter: the al qaeda leader, al-zawahiri who took over for bin laden after he was culled issued calls from separate audiotapes from wherever he is hiding in paki
paul in kentucky introduced so-called smarter sentencing legislation which holder will say the obama administration wants to refine and advance. the attorney general undertakes these reforms in the fifth year of his tenure fresh off a recent string of high-profile controversies. jenna. jenna: james rosen live in d.c. thank you. >> reporter: thank you. jon: anthony weiner launching his first television commercial today for run for new york city mayor but something's kind of missing from the ad. yes, the infamous sexting scandal, nowhere to be seen or heard in it. it, toppled his poll numbers avenues of the latest scandal broke. the 30-second spot does however allude to powerful voices trying to stop him from running. >> the powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning they didn't want me to win but this isn't about what they want. they have gotten their way for far too long. if you give me chance i will fight for you and your family every single day. >> also today, a new sienna college poll was released saying that 80% of new york voters find anthony weiner, unfavorable
to life in prison. >>> also today, president obama will sign a bipartisan deal on student loan rates. rates doubled to 6.8% in july. the deal links rates to the financial markets. the average undergraduate will save about 1,500 in interest this year. good news. steve? anna? >> thank you, peter. >>anna: 23 minutes after the hour. who have we got here? if you had trouble falling asleep last night, you're not alone. over half of america's adults experience one or more instances of insomnia at least one night a week. >>steve: you might be able to wear something like this? we brought in our tech expert with some of the best gadgets to help you catch some z's. >>anna: who is the man in the glasses? >>steve: they're wearing special pajamas. >> there is wearable technology for kids. the world's first interactive pajamas. they are 30 bucks. they come with a free app. there is a sequence of 47 dots on the pajamas. you take your smart phone and scan any set of the dots. once you scan it, it will read you a bedtime story or it will teach you about different animals from your smart phone. >>anna:
, and the indictments don't go far enough. >> the real question is, is the government committed, is president obama committed to capture and kill these people? at this point almost 11 months afterwards, it doesn't appear so. >> reporter: now, we don't know if the three suspects originally identified by the fbi are, indeed, among the ones indicted. in an interview conducted with fox last year, one of them said he was at the scene of the attack that night, but he denies being a ringleader of the attack on the consulate as others have claimed. jenna: his name has come up repeatedly as you mentioned, steve. this news is not even 24 hours old. within the last 24 hours, the president appeared on jay leno. did he have anything specifically to say about benghazi? >> reporter: yeah, he did. he was asked whether his response to the latest terrorist threat was an overreaction because of the tragic events in benghazi. >> one thing i've tried to do as president is not overreact. you know, but make sure that as much as possible the american people understand that there are genuine risks out there. >> reporter: n
could be bigger and much worse than it was ten years ago today. here's president obama during the campaign. >> i said we'd refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. >>steve: exactly. it was very catchy, a bumper sticker, but now fast forward, al qaeda on the run? we're on the run over there. >>tucker: you wonder if they're drawing the right lesson from benghazi. it seems to me the real lesson is don't lie and don't stage a cover up. don't staeupbl your policy based -- don't stage your policy based on the last war. >>steve: the thing about benghazi, it was in the midst of a campaign. it was two months until big vote. they wanted to make sure everybody felt everything was a. okay. things were not a-okay over there and today is exhibit a. >>gretchen: another big story? >>tucker: alex rodriguez is hours away from learning if he will be suspended for the upcoming season. he is still expected to be in the lineup for tonight's game against the chicago white sox. heather nauert is live with the latest. >> that
as great as it cleaned. that's why when it comes to clean, there's only one mr. >>> president obama canceled a face-to-face meeting with russian president vladimir putin over putin's position to grant asylum to nsa leaker edward snowden. my next guest said it's the right direction but can't undo five years the president spent remaking the image into one perceived around the globe as weak. fox news contributor linda chavez. thanks for joining us this morning. >> great to be with you. >> i think a lot of people voted for president obama in 2008 the first time with the sincere expectation his election would make america more popular around the globe. that hasn't happened. why? >> it hasn't happened. the president said he was going to remake america's image in the world. i think a lot of people thought because he did have a charismatic personality, certainly the president himself believes himself to be charismatic, he was going to be able to win more friends for america, that america would suddenly be beloved by all. what the president seems not to understand, what is most important in
to be stopped and for heavens sakes i hope you can understand that. >>> coming up, president obama and putin aren't getting along real well but it's not the president's only relationship that's on the rocks. actor matt damon says obama has got some explaining to do. my reaction and quotes of the week coming up after this. anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. live the regular life. they're the days to take care of business.. when possibilities become reality. with centurylink as your trusted partner, our visionary cloud infrastructure and global broadband network free you to focus on what matters. with custom communications solutions and responsive, dedicated support, we constantly evolve to meet your needs. every day of the week. centurylink® your link to what's next. [ command center ] this is command center. [ man ] ...3, 2, 1. [ command center ] all systems go. [ female announcer ] introducing sw
and individual families for coverage is going to be perhaps, a lot more expensive than president obama promised. in fact according to "the new york times" story today, those costs, when you include the out-of-pocket costs for health insurance, plus drug cost, jenna, could cost a family over $13,000 of out-of-pocket costs. more middle income family, they can't afford that, jenna. jenna: the limitations supposed to be in place, if you were an individual would not pay more out-of-pocket than $6300. >> right. jenna: if you were a family not more than 12, $700. that will be moved back another year. >> exactly. jenna: could that be unlimited, if we buy into insurance plan and decide to get insurance that we didn't have it, could we spend an unknown amount of money on health care? >> we don't know the answer to that, yet, jenna. those rules are still to be determined. what we know the out-of-pocket costs were supposed to be cap as you just mentioned, they could for many, many millions of families be a lot higher than the $6300 for a individual and something like 12,000 for a family. by the way when yo
minutes past. talk about part-time america. president obama hitting the road for yet another speech on the economy. while last week's jobs numbers show slight increase in hiring, most of those jobs are not full-time gigs. new numbers from the labor department tell the story of the of 980,000 new jobs added to the economy this year, 70% of those were part-time work. stuart varney, host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. my guest now. stuart, good morning to you. part-time america, is this the way we're headed? >> remember this is the government's own numbers used from the bureau of labor statistics quoting the household survey. this is where the government asks real people, about 3,000 on a regular basis what are you earning, where do you work, how do you work, what are you spending your money on? that is the household survey. that's where these numbers come from. that is what making the numb members so real because it is real people are being asked the questions. as you say, bill, 70% of the jobs created this calendar year, part-time. we have record 28.2 million part
think there's also going to be a lot of what president obama called glitches. jenna: it's interesting to see how different cities may or may not be using the health care exchange. there's been reports out of detroit and chicago that these cities in deep financial trouble may with looking -- may be looking to push some retirees into the health care exchanges instead of having to pay for health care benefits until they're the age of 65 or so, michael. if that happens and, again, it's just an idea, but if health care becomes entrenched in that way because of decisions made by politicians at a local level, how does that influence the political debate? >> i think one of the ways is that if cities, cities with big payrolls like shaq -- like chicago dump their employees on the health care exchanges, this program is going to end up costing more than has been projected, because those assumptions were baked into the bill. one of the things you have to realize about this bill is that even its backers admit that it was not the ideal piece of legislation they wanted. that's because after the victo
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